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Austin Peay Softball’s Jessica Ryan homers to lead Lady Govs past Murray State Racers 2-1

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Softball

Austin Peay State University Lady GovsMurray, KY – A home run by Jessica Ryan, in the top of the eighth inning, proved to be the winning margin Saturday afternoon, as Austin Peay’s softball team rallied to beat Murray State 2-1 in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup.

Red-shirt junior Jessica Ryan homered in the top of the eighth inning to lift the Lady Govs past Murray State, 2-1. Austin Peay Softball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)
Red-shirt junior Jessica Ryan homered in the top of the eighth inning to lift the Lady Govs past Murray State, 2-1. Austin Peay Softball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Ryan, a red-shirt junior, hit a 1-1 pitch from Racer starter Shelby Kosmecki high over the left-center field fence to give the Lady Govs (15-25, 7-15 OVC) their first lead of the day.

Murray State (20-16, 12-10 OVC) threaten in the bottom of the inning, getting a runner to third – with just one out – but Lady Govs junior starter Morgan Brewer got a popup on the infield for the second out and a fly ball to center for the final out to seal away the victory.

Jessica RyanThe win improves the Lady Govs to 4-9 in one-run games this season overall, while also ending a streak of six extra-inning losses – with five of those coming in conference play.

Before Saturday’s win in eight innings, the Lady Govs last extra-inning win came in the season opener versus Mercer, 11-9, at the Kennesaw State Tournament back on February 11th.

Murray State scored its lone run in the bottom of the first inning on a two-out single by Leslie Bridges to drive in Megan Glosser – who had reached on a single.

Paige NeelyThe game would remain that way until the top of the sixth inning, when freshman Lauren Bradley worked a two-out from Kosmecki.

Freshman Paige Neely would follow with Austin Peay’s first hit of the game – a double over the head of the Murray State left fielder Meghan Sims – with Bradley coming all the way around from first to tie the game 1-1.

Sophomore Lauren de Castro would have the Lady Govs only other hit in the contest, while the other base runners for the Lady Govs came on a walk to Brewer in the second inning and Bradley reaching on an error in the fourth.

Lauren de CastroMurray State would only record six hits in the game – all singles – with Brewer (7-11) also walking two and strike out two in getting the complete-game victory.

Kosmecki (9-9) took the loss giving up three hits and two walks to go with seven strikeouts.

The two teams will conclude their three-game conference series Sunday, 1:00pm, with a doubleheader at Racer Field.

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